Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals what’s next for him after Manchester United sacking

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning some time away from football and the UK (Picture: Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning to return to Norway and spend time with his family after his Manchester United dismissal, but predicts that he will return to football at some point.

The 48-year-old was sacked by the board at Old Trafford on Sunday after the humiliating 4-1 defeat at Watford in the Premier League the previous day.

After humbling losses to both Liverpool and Manchester City in recent weeks, the defeat to the Hornets was too much for the Norwegian to survive and he was given his marching orders.

Asked what his immediate plans are, Solskjaer said he will make up for lost time with his family over recent months, but expects to get the itch to return to the game he loves at some stage.

‘I’ll spend some time with my family,’ he told Manchester United club media on Sunday. ‘That’s been probably the most difficult part, through the pandemic, with Norway being open and here being closed, my family moved back to Norway and the young one, he loves it back there, so we’ve lived apart. So, I’ll spend some time with them.

‘Then, I’ll watch the team of course and hopefully, the next manager comes in and I want to support him. I want him to be successful, hopefully I’ve laid the foundations for that to happen because I know I’m good at what I’m doing.

‘I’m a hundred per cent sure to create a football environment, that’s where I’m good at and at some point, I’ll probably be back [working in football].’

Solskjaer leaves Old Trafford without winning any trophies as manager, and while there is some disappointment that he so narrowly missed out on silverware in last season’s Europa League final – losing on penalties to Villarreal – he is proud of his work and what he achieved.

Manchester United were so closer to silverware in Gdansk in May (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Yeah, you might say so and go back and say if you won the Europa League, that would have been a success,’ he said. ‘But you know, it’s not always the trophies all the time that is the be all and end all.

‘I know that day, we needed to celebrate [by winning] that trophy. But that’s fine margins, we know the work we’ve put in is so important, to get to that final and to get so close, we’ve had to make so many good decisions along the way.

‘Unfortunately, we couldn’t score 11 penalties on the bounce. You can laugh about it, but I look back at every single second here with pride.’

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